Albemarle introduces new city manager

Todd Clark starts in August

ALBEMARLE — Following a nationwide search, Albemarle has found a new city manager.

On June 21, the Albemarle City Council announced that Todd Clark had been selected as its new city manager, with a start date set for Aug. 5.

“I am grateful to the city council for entrusting me with the position of city manager,” Clark said in a city press release. “Albemarle is a growing city with an impeccable reputation. I look forward to working with the Council, dedicated city staff, and citizens to provide the highest level of service possible.”

With over 30 years of governmental experience, Clark — a Marion native — has spent the past two years as the town manager for Beaufort, following 14 years in that same position with Newton, three years in Maiden, and four years in Catawba.

In 1990, he received an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in community and regional planning. He later returned to ASU in 2005 as he obtained a master’s degree in public administration.

Clark also has experience serving on the Board of Directors of ElectriCities of North Carolina, as well as time spent as the Chairman of Municipal Power Agency One, a bulk power supplier for 19 cities throughout western North Carolina.

He is married with two adult children who also live in the state.

“Throughout the search process, the city council recognized Todd Clark’s experience and proven leadership as exemplary,” Albemarle Mayor Ronnie Michael said. “We know his skills will be essential to guiding our city as we experience continued growth and transformation through the city’s strategic plan.”

In his new role, Clark is tasked with overseeing the city’s $83 million budget. He will also manage day-to-day operations of Albemarle’s electric system, water and wastewater system, and landfill facility. The city’s public housing department, parks and recreation department, police department, and fire department also fall under his jurisdiction.

Back in February, former Albemarle City Manager Michael Ferris retired, opening up a search for his replacement.

Assistant City Manager Darren Rhodes was soon appointed by the Albemarle City Council to an interim manager position while the city continued its search process to fill the permanent role, which was given to Clark four months later.

Last week, Clark announced his resignation from his role as Beaufort’s town manager, allowing Albemarle’s city staff to officially hire him.

“We are deeply saddened to hear that Todd is resigning,” Beaufort Mayor Sharon Harker said in a statement from the town on June 20. “His announcement is unfortunate, as the town has greatly benefited from his 30-plus years of municipal experience. As a community, we are truly grateful for his professionalism and commitment to the Town of Beaufort, which have been exemplary, making him a tough act to follow. On a personal note, I will miss Todd greatly. He has been wonderful to work with and was an excellent fit for Beaufort. I wish him and his family well on their new journey.”

Clark will work his final day on the job in Beaufort on Aug. 3 before transitioning to his new position in Albemarle.